Cara Page

Cara Page is a Black Feminist Queer cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer. She comes from a long ancestral legacy of organizers and cultural workers from the Southeast to the Northeast. For the past 20+ years, she has fought for LGBTQGNC and People of Color liberation, and organized in the Southeast with movement builders such as SONG, Project South, and the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative and has built with many organizers, healers and cultural workers across the country. Over the past two decades she has organized to build community led safety strategies to interrupt and intervene on generational trauma, policing and surveillance; and build survivor-led wellness strategies to transform interpersonal, communal and state violence. She believes in the abolition of the PIC (Prison Industrial Complex) and the MIC (Medical Industrial Complex), systems that continue to use scientific racism to criminalize People of Color and Indigenous practitioners and our traditions as extensions of state control.

As an Activist-in-Residence, Page will deepen her study on historical and contemporary eugenic practices and medical experimentation to shape a public discourse on the historical and contemporary role of eugenic violence as an extension of state control and surveillance on Black and immigrant communities; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming people; people with disabilities; and Women of Color. In her residency, she will largely focus on transformative justice strategies to confront and shift the practices of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC) to reimagine and amplify traditions of collective safety and wellness as integral to our political liberation.  Through creating political writings, cultural performance and communal forums in collaboration with healers, organizers, artists and community archivists she will curate site specific installations that memorialize and bear witness to these atrocities and bring public discourse to a history unseen yet explicitly a part of the policing and surveillance of our lives.

The Barnard Center for Research on Women engages our communities through programming, projects, and publications that advance intersectional social justice feminist analyses and generate concrete steps toward social transformation.

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